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How to Make Money with your Beauty Blog?

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Can You Make a Living as a Beauty Blogger?

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The blogging world is gaining serious momentum, and as such many aspiring writers and fashionistas are considering starting their own blog or vlog as a full time job or as an extra earner. Blogging about your lifestyle or your favourite beauty products is easy and fun – but can it actually be a feasible way to earn a living?
The beauty market is huge and there are already so many beauty blogs out there, so how can you become one of the most popular blogs or vlogs and stand a chance of making money with it?

Luckily for you, we’ve broken everything down and made it really easy to start making money with your beauty blog. Zoella, look out!

Your Blog is Your Business

If you’re serious about turning this hobby into a career, then you need to put a lot of time and effort into your blog. To get the followers, the views and the social shares, you need to create unique and interesting content which people can relate to. Only once you are a popular blogger with a wide reaching audience will the brands and the sponsorship deals come rolling in.


Many full time bloggers will generate around 70% of their income from advertising so it’s important to set this up as soon as possible. Most get started with Google Adsense – it’s pretty easy to set up as the adverts are decided for you and simply placed on the site. You only get paid when someone clicks on an advert – so you see it pays to have more visitors to your blog already. As your blog grows, you may end up being approached for bigger advertising campaigns. It’s a big money maker but remember don’t rely on advertising for your entire blog income.

Affiliate Programs

Bloggers have access to a wide range of beauty affiliate programs, so it would be crazy not to take advantage of them. From make-up products to spa passes, you can promote anything to your readers and earn commission for each person who buys from your recommendation. However don’t sign up to everything haphazardly – only join affiliate programs or profit shares if you genuinely love the product and would recommend it to your friends, family and your all-important readers and subscribers. Ask for a free sample to review yourself first before recommending to others.

Another great advantage of these programs is that you’ll often receive discount on the products yourself – so you can stock up on all your essentials for photo and video tutorials to be placed on your blogs. Nanshy have a fantastic affiliate program(click the link to find out more and apply), with 25% off for everyone who gets accepted onto the scheme and 10% commission.

Another great resource that I found is from Affilorama. Cecille has prepared a great post – Beauty Beauty Blog 101: Makeup Affiliate Programs to Help Get You Started

Once you’ve got started with these simple steps, your beauty blog will grow in readership and soon many more opportunities for earning money will arise. But you’ll have to be patient – it takes years to create a successful blog with loyal followers. So keep posting useful content and looking out for ways to make your blog earn cash.

Are you already making a living from your blog? Share your ideas, tips and secrets below.

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Exclusive Interview With London Based Celebrity Makeup Artist Barrie Griffith

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Tell us a little about yourself?

Originally from Liverpool, I left home at the age of 17 to work in Paris at the Moulin Rouge as a dancer. After a 10 year dancing career I began to channel my creative skills into Make-up Artistry. I returned to London in 2000 and have lived here ever since.

Did you always want to be a makeup artist?

Yes, in the back of my mind I always had ambitions of becoming a Make-up artist. Whilst I was working as a dancer in Paris and having watched the showgirls create their stage looks, I started to learn make-up artistry though friends and colleagues. I am totally self-taught.

What was your first make-up job?

I was very fortunate through friends to have my first make-up job at London Fashion Week at the Ben de Lisi, Mark by Mark Jacobs and Westwood fashion shows.

Can you tell us about a memorable moment you had while doing makeup?

Working on Vivienne Westwood’s Opus book was a truly memorable project. The book is characterised by a gallery section of stunning portraits taken on the rare Polaroid 20 x 24 Studio camera. The book weighs an astonishing 20kg and is one of the largest fashion books ever printed. Each Opus edition is strictly limited to 900 copies worldwide, divided into nine editions of 100.

I was lucky to have worked with the likes of Jerry Hall, Kate Moss & Sarah Ferguson on this prestigious project.

What are some of the challenges facing men/women in the Makeup Industry?

It is really a cut throat business, with lots of No’s and shut doors facing you. Believe in yourself and don’t give in – doors will open.

What does it take to be successful in your industry?

Practice, Practice and then practice some more! Try new products, new technologies & new looks.

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Barrie has worked with numerous photographers including Benjamin Kaufmann, Elise Dumontet and Enzo Laera whilst his international credits include Russian and Portugese Vogue.

Barrie loves working with Nanshy Make-up brushes, which are animal and vegan friendly to create amazing looks.

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Pure Beauty Awards 2014 – Silver Award Goes To Nanshy

Thursday 30th of October at The Savoy Hotel London.

We are pleased to announce that Nanshy have won the Silver award for the Best New Beauty Brand in the Pure Beauty Awards 2014.


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We have had a fantastic host Gethin Jones.

Full list of winners:

Best New Skincare Product
Simple Kind To Skin+ Illuminating Radiance Cream

Best New Premium Skincare Product
Su-Man Exfoliating Facial Polish

Best New Anti-Ageing Product
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Face Oil

Best New Premium Anti-Ageing Product
Gazelli Ultimate Firming Serum

Best New Natural Product
UrbanVeda Purifying Day Cream

Best New Organic Product
Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense Cream

Best New Hair Care Product
Dove Advanced Hair Series Youthful Vitality Hair BB Cream

Best New Hair Styling Product
Lee Stafford ARGANOIL from Morocco Anti-Frizz Serum Spray

Best New Hair Colouring Product
label.m Powder Colour Spray

Best New Electrical Beauty Appliance
Philips Lumea SC1981

Best New Body Care Product
Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Oils

Best New Bath & Shower Product
Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Wash

Best New Hair Removal Product
Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Bikini Papaya & Pearl

Best New Hand Care Product
Marks & Spencer Formula Body Care Hand Cream

Best New Deodorant
Sure Women Crystal Invisible Diamond for Black + White

Best New Dental Product
Pearl Drops Pure White Whitening Treatment

Best New Sun Care Product
Superdrug Solait Wet Skin Protection Spray

Best New Artificial Tanning Product
Sienna X Q10 Bronzing Mousse

Best New Lip Product
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Best New Mascara
Eye Care Cosmetics Volumising Mascara

Best New Foundation
bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum

Best New Eye Product
Little Mix by COLLECTION All About The Eyes Palette

Best New Nail Product
Eve Snow BB Enriched Base Coat

Best New Self Select Fragrance
Yardley London Jade Eau De Toilette

Best New Female Fragrance
La Bella by Samantha Faiers

Best New Male Fragrance

Best New Male Grooming Product
NIVEA Men Sensitive Cooling Post Shave Balm

Best New Male Shaving Product
Crabtree & Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Shave Cream

Best New Male Skincare Product
ReActiv Bodycare Face Nourishment Moisturising Gel

Retail Innovation Award
LoveLula Boutique

Best New Store Design
Indulge Fragrance Boutique

Best New Design & Packaging Award
You & I One Direction

Special Innovation Award
O’right Tree in a Bottle

Best New Beauty Brand
Urban Retreat Skincare

Watch a video from the ceremony below.

Thank you for all the votes!

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[Interview] Da Vinci’s Demons Make-Up Artist Maria Bradley


Tell us a little about yourself?

 I am based in Kent, UK and upon leaving school I went straight into modelling while studying Graphic Design. I modelling from fashion to artistic nude, I really enjoy modelling and it was while modelling I found my love for makeup and special effects makeup. Also after getting so many bad images of my makeup work I decided to pick up a 550d Canon camera and follow in my father footsteps and became a photographer as well. 

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Model Kerri Fraser
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Photographer Maria Bradley

Did you always want to be a makeup artist?

No. When I was still in school I wanted to join the Army, in fact I wanted to be a dentist in the Army. However… I was on a weekend camp with the Army cadets and broke my knee cap when I was 15 years old therefor was told I wouldn’t make it through basic training. My heart was broken. 

What was your first makeup job?

It was when I was still modelling. I was booked for a glamour modelling photoshoot with two other girls and the makeup artist didn’t turn up. (Which I need to thank her for as I may not be where I am today if she had turned up. So thank you) The photographer liked how I had done my own makeup so asked me to do the other girls for the shoot. After that I was booked as the makeup artist which also kick started my makeup career.

Can you tell us about a memorable moment you had while doing makeup? 

My most memorable moment has to be my job on the TV set of Da Vincis Demons Season 2. (A massive thanks to Simon Mahoney for introducing me to head makeup artist Jackie Fowler and a massive thank you to Jackie Fowler for giving me the opportunity) 

After a nervous 4 hour drive I arrived on set for my first night shift. It was quite surreal being there as I was a fan of the first series, it was like being in a dream. It was freezing and raining heavy all night. All us makeup artist were huddled around the monitors watching the filming looking for makeup touch ups. Then the director would shout CUT! And we all would jump up and run on set to do our touch ups then headed back to huddle around the monitors. Amazing buzz! 

One night several of us took it in turns to untangle Julia Townend hair haha… After a night out she had back combed her hair in to a Amy Winehouse beehive but it was a little over back combed. To this day her hair is always brought up. So many great people to mention so many laughs and funny times on my time there.

What are some of the challenges facing men/women in the makeup industry?

The challenges in this industry is to get a makeup job in the first place. It’s very cut throat and there are times you want to give up but you have to stay strong and believe in yourself and keep knocking on them doors and one day one will open.

What does it take to be successful in your industry?

Keeping up to date with new technics and new looks. Always try new products and practise all the time. Being prepared to work hard to get work, some people seem to think work will land on their lap but sadly it doesn’t. Patients and persistence goes a long way in this industry.

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Model Bradley Loader
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Photography Maria Bradley


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Interview with Curvaceous Inc Magazine’s Beauty Editor and Makeup Artist Maya

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Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m Maya and I’m a freelance make-up artist and Beauty Editor for Curvaceous Inc Magazine. I’m based in the UK, but I’ve lived and worked all over the world.

Did you always want to be a makeup artist?

I’ve always been fascinated by makeup, costume in films. I am very creative and initially wanted to be a costume designer. I was always doing my friends makeup on nights out and people would always comment on my makeup. I did my makeup course in Auckland, New Zealand when I was 24, so by then I had gained a little life experience.

What was your first makeup job?

I was part of the makeup team at New Zealand Fashion Week. It was crazy! Some of the graduates from our makeup school were hand-picked and I was one of the lucky ones. The key was to stay calm and listen, that’s what got me through!

Can you tell us about a memorable moment you had while doing makeup?

There have been so many amazing experiences over the years. I worked on a show called World of Wearable Arts in Wellington, New Zealand which was amazing and I had the freedom to be very creative. I also worked for a Mexican TV network who were covering the Olympics in 2012 which was incredible. I meet some of the top TV presenters in Mexico and top International athletes, it was very inspiring.

What are some of the challenges facing men/women in the makeup industry?

We are thrust with daily images from the media with these perfect beings with perfect skin and perfect bodies when in fact the majority of the time it’s down to a good photographer, a good makeup artist, some good lighting and a touch of photoshop! No-one is perfect looking. I often have someone come with a photo of a model and say, I want to look like that! So it’s having the ability to translate that and then enhance someone’s features and making them not only look good but feel good inside.

What does it take to be successful in your industry?

Work hard, be creative and don’t follow others. Always be yourself and be kind to others!

What are you favourite cosmetics and what makeup brushes do you currently use?

I love BareMinerals Bareskin foundation, it’s light and gives perfect coverage. I have a number of blushers from Benefit Cosmetics which I love using. Touche Eclat from YSL is every woman’s beauty must have. NARS highlighters are always perfect to complete a makeup look. I use Bobbi Brown lipstick in Rosy, give me a splash of colour for my day look.

I have so many brushes from various brands which I have accumulated over the years. One of my favourites is an angled brush I got in my brush kit at makeup school, it’s perfect from eyes and eyebrows. I also love the Duo Fibre MAC Cosmetic Brush, perfect for blending foundation and the Nanshy Blush & Bronze Brush, perfect for blending in colour and doesn’t absorb the powders.

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